Afghan official says Iran bans fuel exports

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 22, 2010 16:31




KABUL, Afghanistan — Iran has banned fuel exports to Afghanistan, stranding about 3,000 fuel trucks at the border and driving up wholesale prices for the refined products ahead of what many Afghans fear will be a blistery winter in their oil-poor nation, officials said Wednesday.

Although Teheran has not officially confirmed the move, it appears to reflect Iran's concern that the fuel is being funneled to NATO forces fighting the Taliban.

Afghan officials insist the stranded shipments — which include gasoline, diesel and heating oil from Iraq, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan — are aimed for the local market.


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